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March 21, 2003

Colonial Williamsburg Debuts Redesigned Website

Colonial Williamsburg has debuted a redesigned website that is easier for Internet visitors and potential guests to use, offers new and updated information and relies on improved navigation to lead users through the site.

Visitors to www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com, the main site for those planning vacations to Virginia’s restored 18th-century capital, will find several new features including a searchable calendar database, more dynamic imagery and a tour-the-town map with clickable links that take the website visitor to more information about individual locations.

“The website is much fresher,” said Robyn Eoff, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of Internet. “The expressive images create more emotional connections while showing the excitement of the Historic Area and conveying more of the complete Colonial Williamsburg experience.”

The redesigned website -- a companion to the general educational website, www.ColonialWilliamsburg.org -- offers a more visual glimpse of Colonial Williamsburg, a family vacation destination that provides myriad learning experiences, a full range of lodging accommodations, varied dining experiences and shopping opportunities. Web visitors can download tavern menus and a recipe or two, see a slideshow of several Colonial Williamsburg hotels – including the world-class Williamsburg Inn -- or delve deeper into the history of America on the eve of the Revolution.

Features of the redesigned www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com website include:

  • A dramatic new introductory page,
  • Direct links to Colonial Williamsburg’s educational, hospitality, and shopping websites,
  • Tips for planning a visit to Colonial Williamsburg,
  • Ticket information, vacation packages, seasonal specials, and travel directions,
  • The latest news about programs, special events and exhibitions,
  • Website map and search aids,
  • On-screen menus to guide the user through the site,
  • Organizational history and background, including mission statement, financial reports and employment opportunities, and
  • The Newsroom – a dedicated site serving the news media.

    In addition, a new section of the website gives details about Colonial Williamsburg publications, including books, videos, CDs, audio cassettes and selected articles from “Colonial Williamsburg,” the journal of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

    Known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg is a not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, telephone toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.

    Media Contact:
    Jim Bradley
    (757) 220-7281



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